For the third year, dell'Arte will be accepting applications for staff and internship opportunities with the company for the summer season.  Compensation for staff positions is modest, and participation in internships is usually voluntary, depending on experience within the field.  Positions for which we are accepting letters of application are as follows:

STAGE DIRECTORS (2 modestly paid positions)
Creative, positive organized candidates will be responsible for staging a production in black-box style (minimal sets and props to concentrate story-telling on the singer-actors), working with musical and technical staff, and leading a cast with varied levels of experience.  Significant directing experience required, preferably in opera.

Asst. Stage DirectorS and/OR Stage managers (2 modestly paid or internship positions)
Enthusiastic, positive, organized candidates will have a chance to work with more experienced colleagues, gaining valuable production experience.  Some directing or stage managing experience, preferably in opera, is a must.

Chorus master (1 modestly paid position)
The successful candidate will have choral conducting experience (opera experience a bonus), excellent rehearsal skills, solid diction proficiency, ability to motivate young singers, and enthusiasm for craft and process.

Rehearsal/performance pianists (2 or 3 paid positions)
Depending on experience, one of these positions may be at an apprentice level, but we generally seek professional level candidates for these positions. Candidates will have excellent aptitude for playing orchestral reductions, ability to work with a conductor, possess a friendly, easy-going attitude, and enthusiasm for the repertoire.  At least some opera experience is a must.  If an apprentice pianist is selected, he/she will receive valuable guidance in the realization of orchestral reductions, and will be able to observe significant amounts of coaching.

Guest conductors
We do not anticipate hiring any guest conductors for the 2013 SRP season.

Assistant conductors (1 or 2 unpaid internship positions)
Candidates should have some significant conducting experience, though not necessarily in opera.  Those chosen will have opportunities to conduct during staging rehearsals, and if qualified, will serve as cover conductor in case of illness of the conductor.  Other duties such as backstage conducting, chorus master duties or supertitle operation may also be assigned as appropriate.  If qualified, pianist duties, may be assigned and compensated.

Production assistantS (1 or 2 modestly paid or internship positions)
Production assistants may, depending upon skills and qualifications, assist with scheduling and other organizational office duties, run supertitles, serve as stage manager or house management liason, assist with advertising, run the lighting board, etc.  Candidates may have a wide range of skills, or simply be interested in learning more about opera production.

Pr (Public relations) assistant (1 modestly paid or internship position)
PR assistant may, depending upon interest and qualifications, write or help write press releases, create other PR materials (posters, brochures), serve as the company liason with house management, etc.  Writing and/or graphics skills a must.

Application process
Candidates for all the above positions should submit a letter outlining their interest, a resume, and at least 2 references that we may contact directly.  Interviews for qualified candidates will be scheduled as applications are received, and positions will likely be filled by April 1.  Previous employees or internship participants of dell'Arte need only send a letter of interest to be considered.  Please, no e-mail submissions.

Applications should be sent via US mail to:
Christopher Fecteau, Artistic Director
dell'Arte Opera Ensemble
P.O. Box 4526
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163


Maestro Christopher Fecteau, Artistic Director

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